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Meaning of strange by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Middle English strange from Old French estrange, from Latin extraneus, "that which is on the outside". Displaced native Middle English fremd, frempt "strange" ( from Old English fremede, fremde ) .


    • enPR: strānj, IPA: /streɪndʒ/, SAMPA: /streIndZ/


    strange ( comparative stranger, superlative strangest )

    1. Not normal; odd, unusual, surprising, out of the ordinary .
      He thought it strange that his girlfriend wore shorts in the winter .
    2. Unfamiliar, not yet part of one's experience .
      I moved to a strange town when I was ten .
    3. ( physics ) Having the quantum mechanical property of strangeness.



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    • IPA: /ˈstrɑŋɡe/



    1. Inflected form of strang .

Explanation of strange by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. not known before

    2. used many strange words
      saw many strange faces in the crowd
    3. being definitely out of the ordinary and unexpected

    4. a strange exaltation that was indefinable
      a strange fantastical mind
      what a strange sense of humor she has
    5. relating to or originating in or characteristic of another place or part of the world

    Definition of strange by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Strange a. [Compar. Stranger ; superl. Strangest] [OE. estrange, F. étrange, fr. L. extraneus that is without, external, foreign, fr. extra on the outside. See Extra, and cf. Estrange, Extraneous.]
      1. Belonging to another country; foreign. “To seek strange strands.” Chaucer.

      One of the strange queen's lords. Shak.

      I do not contemn the knowledge of strange and divers tongues. Ascham.

      2. Of or pertaining to others; not one's own; not pertaining to one's self; not domestic.

      So she, impatient her own faults to see,

      Turns from herself, and in strange things delights. Sir J. Davies.

      3. Not before known, heard, or seen; new.

      Here is the hand and seal of the duke; you know the character, I doubt not; and the signet is not strange to you. Shak.

      4. Not according to the common way; novel; odd; unusual; irregular; extraordinary; unnatural; queer. “He is sick of a strange fever.” Shak.

      Sated at length, erelong I might perceive

      Strange alteration in me. Milton.

      5. Reserved; distant in deportment. Shak.

      She may be strange and shy at first, but will soon learn to love thee. Hawthorne.

      6. Backward; slow. [Obs.]

      Who, loving the effect, would not be strange

      In favoring the cause. Beau. & Fl.

      7. Not familiar; unaccustomed; inexperienced.

      In thy fortunes am unlearned and strange. Shak.

      ☞ Strange is often used as an exclamation.

      Strange! what extremes should thus preserve the snow

      High on the Alps, or in deep caves below. Waller.

      Strange sail ( Naut. ), an unknown vessel. -- Strange woman ( Script. ), a harlot. Prov. v. 3. -- To make it strange. To assume ignorance, suspicion, or alarm, concerning it. Shak. To make it a matter of difficulty. [Obs.] Chaucer. -- To make strange, To make one's self strange. To profess ignorance or astonishment. To assume the character of a stranger. Gen. xlii. 7.

      Syn. -- Foreign; new; outlandish; wonderful; astonishing; marvelous; unusual; odd; uncommon; irregular; queer; eccentric.

    2. Strange, adv. Strangely. [Obs.]

      Most strange, but yet most truly, will I speak. Shak.

    3. Strange, v. t. To alienate; to estrange. [Obs.]

    4. Strange, v. i.
      1. To be estranged or alienated. [Obs.]

      2. To wonder; to be astonished. [Obs.] Glanvill.